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My situation: My plane lands in NRT(Terminal 2) at 8pm Sunday night. My departure for my connecting flight departs at 11am(Terminal 2) Monday morning. This is a looooong 15 hours layover. I'm a US citizen, male.

My question: What can I do to kill my 15 hours layover at a budget? I have to stress out my question to be at the LOWEST COST POSSIBLE. Options of course are cheap hotels, site seeing the nearest city, cheap food,...etc.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Dirty-flow, Geeo, Mark Mayo, hippietrail, Vince Oct 10 '13 at 7:22

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Hi @Andrew and welcome to the jungle! We love meeting new wild rovers but, apparently, this site isn't a forum and has some rules we like to follow to maintain high standards in both questions & answers. Give it a shot. As it stands, this question is very likely to get closed. Don't get discouraged and try to edit / improve it, I'm sure it will be reopened again! –  Geeo Oct 9 '13 at 20:23
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Hi @andrew geeo is right in the sense that questions for suggestions are frowned upon. You might want to rephrase the second part. Maybe you can get inspired by similar questions on heathrow travel.stackexchange.com/questions/17013/… or paris travel.stackexchange.com/questions/20162/… –  andra Oct 9 '13 at 20:43
    
if you don't want to spend any money, just stay at the airport and wait for your flight. –  Dirty-flow Oct 9 '13 at 20:58
    
I think it would've been better to close this as a duplicate of Layover at Tokyo Narita airport: can I travel outside, and what kind of visa would I need? because it answers a lot of his questions - in fact the opinion based ones! –  hippietrail Oct 10 '13 at 7:27
    
If you really don't want to spend any money and don't want to stay in the airport before sleepy time - you can even walk from the airport to central Narita. There's a path the whole way but not a lot of people use it. A map and/or compass would help as most Japanese streets don't have names. There is also a very cheap city bus from the centre to the airport but I don't know its hours. Please feel free to ask more about these points as focussed specific questions! –  hippietrail Oct 10 '13 at 7:30

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Well, you have a problem with staying in the airport, first Narita is 24 hours but I recall from flying through there late at night that it's mostly shutdown after 10pm (things start to close at 8pm), so you'll find no food or drink. Sleeping In Airports agrees with me and also has this to say:

Sleeping in airports is generally frowned upon in all Japanese airports. While the terminal is open, you will likely be approached by a security officer who will ask to see your travel documents. This is from the Narita Airport web site: "Aircraft operating hours is between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.. Customers are not permitted to remain in the passenger terminals outside aircraft operating hours. However, under special circumstances, for example when an aircraft arrives after public transport stops operating, customers may be allowed to sleep in designated areas. Moreover, customers catching early morning flights are advised to use nearby hotels and accommodations around the airport."

That link also has details of the nearby airport hotels with prices, that might seem like your best bet. You may get away with staying in the airport, but the last thing you want is to get thrown out after all the transport has stopped.

One other option is to head into Tokyo, there's lots of info on the Wikivoyage page for Narita Airport. I've checked and at least the Skyline will run late enough and early enough for you. But the question of what to do still remains, you could attempt to stay up all night (leave your bag in the airport) but I also seem to recall a lot of things in Tokyo shutdown overnight as well -- including transport. You could compare prices of local hotel vs train + hotel. Or maybe consider a capsule hotel.

If you get there early enough you could certainly just have a walk around and see some sites, maybe grab some cheap food.

One free thing you can try is Tsukiji fish market -- open at 3am, great to walk around just to have a look and with excellent food stalls/restos beside it. You'd have to be careful about travel and getting back to the airport, if you wanted you could ask a second more specific question on how to do that particular trip.

The other option is Narita itself, I've never been but it does look like it might be possible to kill a few hours there. Again, that's something you could ask as a separate question.

Make sure you have local currency if you're leaving the airport, just in case.

Also, check this page about access to Terminal 2 in the morning.

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Narita is a very please small safe city and quite fun to explore. It's not intimidating like Tokyo. We already have a question on that topic. I don't know about accommodation though. I usually only spent half a day or had a hotel included in my JAL stopover. –  hippietrail Oct 10 '13 at 7:13
    
s/please/pleasant/ –  hippietrail Oct 10 '13 at 7:30